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VUE h-5 Expands Flagship h-Class with Ultra-Compact h-5 Loudspeaker

Escondido, California, January 2015… VUE Audiotechnik today unveiled the latest addition to its flagship h-Class family of high-definition, full-range loudspeakers. h-5-left-ront-IMG_6420finalThe ultra-compact h-5 delivers the pristine sound quality and versatility of the larger h-8, h-12 and h-15 systems in a compact and versatile design that’s ideal for stage lip and under-balcony applications to cover those hard-to-reach, areas which are often left uncovered by the main system. It’s also ideal for applications where space is at a premium, and an exceptional output to size ratio is critical.

VUE-Be-1.3inch-Dome-Back-prSurprisingly compact and lightweight, the h-5 combines two precision-engineered, 5-inch low-frequency transducers with a 1-inch exit compression driver that features a Truextent® beryllium diaphragm at its core. Beryllium technology allows the compression driver to deliver dramatic improvements in high-frequency extension and response linearity that simply cannot be matched by traditional aluminum or titanium designs. The beryllium compression driver is mounted to a new, Mike Adams-designed, precision horn with very wide 120° x 40° (H x V) coverage.

From there, powerful onboard electronics, including the same 64-bit digital processor found in the h-12 and h-15 systems, provide highly sophisticated networking capabilities and next-generation DSP that’s programmed to address every individual element within the h-5’s ecosystem. The powerful processor handles EQ, time alignment, crossover management, and speaker protection, as well as SystemVUE network control and monitoring functions.

Dual channel, high efficiency amplifiers deliver ample power for both transducers while eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans. A lightweight, fully protected, switch-mode power supply with auto voltage detection provides hassle-free worldwide operation with universal mains operation from 85V to 260V.
Even the h-Class cabinets raise the standard for quality and attention to detail. The h-5’s drivers and electronics are housed in a robust birch enclosure that includes integrated M10 hanging points, and optional yoke mount and rigging hardware make easy deployment as a main system, on lighting grids, or in a variety of support configurations.

h-5-proto-june-back-IMG_0876Like its larger siblings, the h-5 grille is coated with a two-part, polyurethane finish that lays a transparent candy-apple red coating over a base coat of black. The highly durable finish, which ensures years of on-the-road service, offers a deep red hue that’s uniquely attractive while remaining entirely unobtrusive. The heavy aluminum rear panel is both functional and visually impactful, with the “VUE” logo machined directly into the heat-sink fins. All h-Class enclosures are manufactured to the strictest ISO standards, using multi-ply, cross-grain laminated birch with extensive interior bracing for resonant-free output.

“The h-5 delivers a much better balance of output, clarity and frequency response than any other loudspeaker in its category,” concluded VUE Audiotechnik’s EVP Jim Sides. “We’re extremely excited to offer customers a true high-performance alternative for applications such as theaters, houses of worship, front fill and under-balcony systems, portable and installed AV systems, corporate AV, or anyplace where space and sight lines are critical.”

h-5 Highlights
• Ultra Wide 120º x 40º coverage
• Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high-frequency clarity and output
• Dual channel, high-efficiency amplifiers deliver ample power for all transducers while eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans
• Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring
• Integrated M10 hanging points, and optional rigging hardware for deployment as a stage lip and under-balcony distributed system or in a variety of support configurations

Link for high resolution photo of the h-5 front view

Link for high resolution photo of the h-5 rear